This is my final review from this year’s EIFF. It is a film that I had hoped to see earlier in the fortnight, but the screenings kept clashing with other movies that I wanted to see more. I got to it in the end though. And now I’m going to get some much-deserved sleep while you read on.
This was the first full-up press screening I’ve been at this year, and it’s really no surprise. Frankly I’m amazed I even made it, considering the hangover I woke up with after my four hours’ sleep last night. But that’s a story for another day. Today happens to be Friday, and it’s a kids’ film.
Today was another quiet day as the fest starts winding down. I only made it to one screening today, along with the annual press and industry pub quiz. The team of me, Ben Pascoe (director of Leave It On The Track) and a handful of Edinburgh’s more talented film students managed not to shame ourselves, coming away with the prize (booze) for Best Team Name. I’m not printing it here though; this is a family establishment.
Here are two more movies to add to your options for the weekend (if you’re local) courtesy of your friends at the EIFF. Otherwise, well, you’ll just have to wait.
You may have noticed that I have quite enjoyed all the films I have reviewed at the festival, to one degree or another. Well, today marks my first negative experience at this year’s EIFF, and it is a doozy.
Back to the Festival today, and time for a spy thriller that is actually thrilling, unlike some we have seen recently. For tomorrow, I need your help. There are two movies I would like to see screening at the same time, and I want you lot to help me pick which one to see. The first is California Solo, starring Robert Carlyle as a former Brit-pop musician (think Oasis’ Noel Gallagher) now living in a commune in Cali, and the other is a new portmanteau, found footage horror called V/H/S. The screenings are at 1pm BST, so let me know in the comments as early as possible. If you guys don’t help me, I’m going to have to ask the Bouncy Rubber Ball of Destiny, so I really need you to come through for me on this. But that’s for tomorrow. Today, it’s time for…
As it turns out, I did get to see a documentary today. So this is Day 175 as well.
I was out and about doing a few interviews today at the festival, so I only got the chance to watch one film. Don’t worry though; I chose wisely. In case it isn’t already obvious by now, I’m putting my usual theme weekends on hold for a couple of weeks, as my schedule is pretty much dependent on the vagaries of the festival organisers. Or in shorter words: no kids film today. Sorry.
As the name suggests, a lot of the films showing at EIFF are not of this land. Here are two of the best foreign-language flicks showing this weekend.
We’ll also call this Day 172, shall we? Excellent.